A few years later I was interviewing Dave Grohl who was touring with his band Them Crooked Vultures where he and Josh played together. Josh crashed our chat, beer in one hand, cigarette in the other. I asked him what it was like to play with his mate Dave and he said, “drink a bottle of Jägermeister and run on a treadmill for an hour. It’s like that”. Watching him on stage is a once in a lifetime experience. He’s got it all. As the cliche goes, “men wanna be him and women wanna be with him!”
Instead, Rush reached for the phone. He called a third cousin who had battled throat cancer two years earlier and told him about the suicidal thoughts racing through his head. His cousin confessed he had gone through the same thing. After sharing the story of his darkest day, Aaron Acker switched the topic to football. He reminded the man who had coached for more than 20 years about all the things he barked to his players when they wanted to quit. How he pushed them to one more sprint, one more rep, one more touchdown. Then he told Rush to suck it up.